Building a Place for History
Meghan MacWillliams Baratta, is a Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist with the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office (HPO). Meghan has worked in a professional position at the HPO since 1999, when she received her Masters in Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. With the HPO, Meghan supervises the Project Review Section and project reviews under the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Division of Land resource Protection, Executive Order 215, and the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. Meghan monitors some of the HPO’s easements and heads the internship program. Prior to her employment at the HPO, Meghan was a partner with The Acanthus Group, a historic preservation firm based in Cincinnati, OH and Cheltenham, PA. With the Acanthus Group, Meghan performed both hands–on preservation work, as well as historical research, measured drawings, and grant writing for historic sites.